"Everyone grows out of their Morrissey phase...except Morrissey"
And Hughes had a lot of soul, he was an effortless-seeming comedian, poetic and charming in that way only true Irishmen can be, with an act that was mischievously-meta, glorious silly, deeply intelligent and above all very funny. He was the youngest winner of Edinburgh's prestigious Perrier award and among the first of that eclectic and exciting new comedic talent to strike out on TV in the early 90s with his own show entitled, appropriately enough, Sean's Show. Later on in the decade he was part of the original line-up of BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks before branching out acting with a regular role alongside Peter Davison in the ITV mystery drama The Last Detective, a recurring role on Coronation Street and performances in the West End with As You Like It and The Railway Children.
Hughes had tweeted to fans earlier this month that he was in hospital receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. It was announced on twitter by his former management that he died this morning.